China and Japan are getting along, for now. In a landmark summit set to take place Oct. 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to sign several agreements, covering everything from technological cooperation and intellectual property protections to avoiding conflict in the East China Sea. They are also expected to revive and expand a currency swap agreement that expired in 2013 amid tensions over a disputed island chain. The intensity of this dispute has always been something of a barometer in bilateral relations. But China has been in no position to challenge Japan directly in a long time, and there’s no reason to believe it will be able to any time soon. Both countries have therefore been happy to ignore their grievances in periods when they needed to cooperate on other issues. With the two countries under pressure from the U.S. on trade, technology, currency and defense matters – basically, everything Xi and Abe are expected to discuss
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